Learning to prescribe is an essential part of medical training. Due to various high profile serious prescribing errors, the GMC have introduced stricter prescribing standards which medical students must meet, and a prescribing exam is soon to be compulsory on all medical programmes. This book helps medical students learn the essentials of safe prescribing practice, and is aimed directly at their needs. It covers all the aspects of prescribing required by the GMC, including principles of prescribing, law and ethics, professional responsibilities, patient communication, at-risk groups, avoiding common errors and what to do when things go wrong.

Communication and Patient Collaboration

Communication and Patient Collaboration

Communication and patient collaboration
Catherine GillMonica Murphy

Achieving your Medical Degree

This chapter will help you begin to meet the following requirements of Tomorrow's Doctors (General Medical Council (GMC), 2009):

Outcome 2: The doctor as a practitioner

13. Carry out a consultation which elicits patients’ questions, their understanding of their condition and treatment options, and their views, concerns, values and preferences: (a), (b), (f), (g).

15. Communicate effectively with patients and colleagues: (a), (b), (c), (f), (g), (h).

17. Prescribe drugs safely, effectively and economically: (a), (c), (d), (e), (f), (h).

It will also link to:

Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013a)


Good Practice in Prescribing and Managing Medicines and Devices (GMC, 2013b), particularly paragraphs 14, 16, 21-24 and 25-29.

A Single Competency Framework for all Prescribers (National Prescribing Centre, 2012) 2:12, ...

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